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Hazardous Waste

Send waste to a better place! Learn all about our Household Hazardous Waste Days and find information about white metal goods recycling.

Household hazardous waste are items that can be corrosive, flammable or poisonous. Knowing which products are hazardous can help you protect yourself, your family, staff and the environment. Please do not dispose of household hazardous waste in your garbage or by pouring items down the drain or stormwater sewers as it will harm the environment.

Household Hazardous Waste Days

Friday from 4 -7 p.m.Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
May 24 May 25
June 21 June 22
  September 21
  October 26


City’s Public Works Yard - 2400 6th Avenue; enter off 6th Avenue from Broad Street using the westbound lane.


We accept household hazardous waste such as chemicals, fertilizers, aerosols, paint, rimless tires, batteries and light bulbs. Materials will be recycled and disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. Household Hazardous Waste Day is for residents only. Vehicles bringing hazardous waste from business activities are not permitted. 

Note: Appliances and electronics are no longer accepted. Learn how to dispose of your hazardous waste by using the Waste Wizard search tool.

If you bring your household waste in bags, boxes or other containers, the containers will not be returned.

This waste day is for residents only. Commercial vehicles are not allowed.

Safety Tips

  • For everyone’s safety, all materials should be left in the original container or labelled to allow for contents to be identified. Do not mix products together.
  • Please remain in your vehicle at all times. Keep personal belongings away from items you’d like to dispose, as event staff unload your vehicle. For safety measures, no smoking on site.

Acceptable Materials

  • Adhesives – contact cement, caulking, sealer, carpet and linoleum adhesives and glue
  • Aerosols – hair spray, insect repellent, lubricant spray and furniture cleaner
  • Automotive – used engine oil/filters, antifreeze, carburetor cleaners, car wax, fuel and windshield cleaner
  • Batteries – alkaline, lithium, Ni-CAD and nickel metal hydride
  • Cleaners – oven cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, glass cleaner, spot remover and disinfectants
  • Corrosives – drain cleaner, engine degreaser, battery acid and sulphuric acid
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fluorescent light bulbs/tubes and compact florescent light bulbs
  • Fuels – gas/diesel, kerosene and lamp oil
  • Mercury – mercury and thermometers
  • Oxidizers – chlorine, bleach, pool chemicals, fertilizers and hydrogen peroxide
  • Paint – in original, labelled container
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Poisons – lawn herbicides, garden chemicals, rat poison and insecticides
  • Propane cylinders
  • Solvents – paint thinner, acetone, varsol, alcohol and benzene

Additional Reusable Materials

  • Rimless scrap tires

Unacceptable Materials

  • Garbage
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Explosives or firearms (including ammunition, gunpowder, firecrackers and fireworks)
  • Radioactive materials
  • Sharps
  • Microwaves or water coolers
  • Unlabelled material
  • Crystallized material

 Hazardous Waste Storage Tips

  • Keep materials in their original containers. If the labels is lifting off use transparent tape to secure it.
  • Do not mix different products together.
  • Tightly cap all containers.
  • Follow the storage instructions on the product label. Storage requirements vary based on the hazardous property a material has.
  • Where allowed, store containers together in a large heavy duty plastic container to prevent potential spillage.
  • Make sure you store flammable products in the recommended temperature range.
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Do a periodic check on the storage area to ensure no problems have occurred.
    • Be sure there are no apparent fumes.
    • Ensure you can clearly see each label.
    • The containers should be clear of rust, bulges, dents or leaks.
  • Never pour of flush household hazardous waste materials down the drain. Chemicals can corrode pipes and cause issues at the Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Paint and Electronics
SARCAN Recycling collects unused paint and electronics year-round. If you have unused or unwanted paint and end-of-life electronics, take them to your nearest SARCAN depot. SARCAN also accepts empty paint cans. Read more information about SARCAN’s recycling programs.